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    Smarten up for back-to-school with this HomeKit smart lock.

    August 12, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 12, 2019

     Smarten up for back-to-school with this HomeKit smart lock.

    Smart home technology can help you stay organized, add convenience when life gets hectic and give you peace of mind when it helps keep your family safe and healthy.

     

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    When schedules heat up during back-to-school season, you need everyone and everything running like clockwork. Smart home technology can help you stay organized, add convenience when life gets hectic and give you peace of mind when it helps keep your family safe and healthy. That’s why we recommend the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and HomeKit™ for that first day of school and beyond.
    Girl with backpack unlocking Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    No key? No problem.

    Home security might not be at the top of your mind when you’re packing lunches and checking homework. But imagine how much simpler those things would be if you weren’t also wondering if you remembered to lock the door. Imagine the comfort you’d find if you knew that your kids were safely at home even when you’re in the office. With smart locks like the Schlage Sense deadbolt, you don’t have to just imagine anymore.

     

    Keyless convenience – whether you’re unlocking the door with the touchscreen, checking your lock’s status through your smartphone or controlling your lock with voice commands – is not only simple and convenient. It can also improve your home’s security. When you assign a unique access code to trusted individuals, including your kids, there’s no more hoping they don’t lose their spare key. Then, when they use their code to get in after school, you can receive a notification that they’ve arrived home.

     

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt also has a built-in alarm that can alert you via your smartphone, so you know if there’s a disturbance at the door when the kids are home alone. And when you set up the auto-locking feature, gone are the days of wondering if the kids locked up behind them.
     

    A smart – and secure – way to come home

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with a variety of smart home devices and systems. Pair it with the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter to control access from anywhere using the Schlage® Home app. Or if you have an Apple TV® or want to use your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® to control your lock, you can opt for the HomeKit option.

     

    Whichever you choose, you get the same basic functionality in your lock. Control your lock, manage settings like auto-lock and the built-in alarm, and view access history remotely with the Schlage Home app. By pairing your Schlage Sense deadbolt with HomeKit you can also make it work in tandem with other HomeKit-enabled devices and use Siri® to lock and unlock or door.

     

    Additionally, your Schlage Sense lock with HomeKit can be part of those convenient scenes you create. For example, when you activate your “bedtime” scene that connects a range of HomeKit-compatible devices, you can simultaneously lock the door, dim the lights and turn off the television to get everyone ready for bed so they wake up refreshed for another day at school.

     

    To set up your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with HomeKit, we recommend an Apple TV 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher. (Find more details and stay up-to-date with the latest requirements at the Apple website.) If you are using an iPad as your HomeKit hub, it must remain powered on at home and connected to WiFi just as your Apple TV would be. Be sure to also set up your Apple TV or iPad with the same iCloud or iTunes account information as your iPhone.

     

    Schlage Make the Grade Giveaway

    Make the Grade with Schlage smart locks

    Make the grade this back-to-school season with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Apple HomeKit, the convenient and smart solution for securing your home and family. You can learn more about this smart lock at Schlage.com or explore other options with our Get Help Deciding Tool. If you love what you see, enter for a chance to win the Schlage smart lock of your choice on Instagram.

     

    Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt plus Ring Alarm add up for a perfect score.

    August 5, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 5, 2019

    Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt plus Ring Alarm add up for a perfect score.

    It might seem strange to put a smart lock on your back-to-school shopping list, but when you see how it can make the first day back and beyond easier, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner.

     

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    No. 2 pencils, glue, notebooks, smart lock. It might seem strange to put a smart lock on your back-to-school shopping list, but when you see how it can make the first day back and beyond easier, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. Here’s how you can make the grade with a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Ring Alarm.

    Girl with backpack unlocking Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    Keyless convenience at their fingertips

    With the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, and our other electronic locks, you enjoy new levels of keyless convenience without sacrificing security. That’s because you have the power to create and manage up to 30 unique access codes for trusted family and friends, including your kids, carpool moms and more.

     

    Don’t want to risk your kids losing a spare? This is your solution. They simply unlock the door at the touchscreen with their access code. And when you use a compatible app with the Schlage Connect lock, you can receive notifications when they use that code, so you always know when they get home from school. They never get locked out, and you don’t have to worry about who found the lost key or leave work early to let them in.

     

    Ring in the school year

    The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt works with a variety of other devices in your home to added convenience and peace of mind. And because we have Schlage Connect locks that work with Zigbee and Z-Wave networks, there’s a secure solution for nearly any home.

     

    One of the newest integrations lets you pair the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Ring Alarm. You can lock and unlock your door from anywhere, manage access codes and get those alerts we mentioned when a code is entered, all from the Ring App. The app also lets you check your lock’s battery level.

     

    Because the Schlage Connect lock and Ring Alarm work on a Z-Wave ecosystem, they can become part of a greater strategy to improve the security and safety of your home. The Ring Alarm Base Station is compatible with select carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, flood and freeze censors, and motion and contact censors. Don’t forget about voice control, either. Ring also works with Amazon Alexa, so you can simply ask Alexa if your door is locked and tell her to lock or unlock it for you.

     

    Easy installation. Simple setup.

    You don’t have to be a genius to upgrade your smart home. All you need to install your Schlage smart lock is a few minutes and a screwdriver. The lock is battery-operated, so there’s no wiring and no need to call a handyman. And synchronizing it with your Ring Alarm is simple as well. Just follow the instructions in the Ring App as it walks you through pairing your devices.

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt or find out if this is the right lock for your home and family with the interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    Schlage Make the Grade Giveaway

    Make the Grade with Schlage smart locks

    If you love what you see, enter for a chance to win the Schlage smart lock of your choice on Instagram. From Aug. 5 to Aug. 25, we are giving away a total of three smart lock bundles. Each week, one lucky winner will have the chance to select the smart lock solution of their choice and a gift card. For full details on how to enter, review our Terms & Conditions then find us on Instagram and Make the Grade.

     

    5 smart back-to-school hacks.

    July 26, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    Smart back to school hacks | Schlage

    Most of us could use all the help we can get when back-to-school season heats up. With the right smart home technology, you can make mornings smoother and evenings calmer.

     

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    Most of us could use all the help we can get when back-to-school season heats up. With the right smart home technology, you can make mornings smoother and evenings calmer. Try these five back-to-school hacks to get smart this fall.

    Get smart about … scheduling

    This is an easy one, especially if you already use Alexa or Google Assistant. Use your voice assistant to set a series of timers to help everyone get out the door on time. It’s 7 a.m.? Wake up. 7:30? Come get your breakfast. 8:15? Time to catch the bus. Look into the Echo Dot Kid’s Edition for capabilities designed especially for the kiddos.

     

    You can also create routines through your voice assistant, so one word and your smart home is seamlessly taking you through bedtime paces. “Alexa, time for bed” could dim the lights in your child’s room, turn on sleep sounds and turn off other technology that could interfere with their sleep patterns. (Keep reading for more sleep-friendly tech tips.)

    Get smart about … organization

    If you need help keeping track of schedules and making sure you know how to reach everyone in the carpool, there’s an app for that. There are actually quite a few. Choose one that lets you share calendars and contacts with the whole family. If your kids have a smartphone, set them up with apps to help homework – due-date reminders, language learning, math assistance, note-taking and even creating flashcards. And don’t forget parental control apps that limit their screen time. Check out ZDNet’s recommendations.

    Get smart about … security

    Schlage smart locks can’t improve your child’s grades, but they can do a lot of other really helpful things. When you create unique access codes for your kids, they no longer have to carry – and try not to lose – a spare key. Not only do you not have to worry about who found the spare, but you always know Bobby and Susie can get in the house when they return from school, football practice or band rehearsal. If they forget their code, you can always unlock the door from anywhere for them using a compatible app on your smartphone.

     

    Need another benefit of a smart lock for back-to-school? When your Schlage lock is connected to your home network or smart hub, you can access an activity log on your phone. You’ll be able to see who used their code and when, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your kids made it home from school on time.

     

    Learn more about each of our smart locks – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – and try the Get Help Deciding Tool to see which one is best for your family.

    Get smart about … sleep

    Science has proved that kids learn better when they get a good night’s rest and smart technology can actually help kids sleep. A Philips Hue White & Color Starter Kit adjusts light tones to aid their circadian rhythm, important for hitting all the right sleep cycles and waking up refreshed. Digital Trends suggests tech that creates white noise and sleep sounds to help your little one get to sleep faster.

    Get smart about … college

    Help your older kids be smart on campus. The easiest way to turn a dorm into a smart home, even though it’s a temporary living situation, is by installing smart plugs or power strips. You get to skip the hardwiring, but they can still control lights, music and more. A multi-port USB charger is always helpful, too. No more fighting with the roommate for valuable outlets when everyone needs to charge their phone, tablet and other tech at the same time. And if you’re worried about study distractions, gift them some noise-cancelling headphones.

     

    Back-to-school doesn’t have to be a stressful time. With smart technology, you can make it easier than geometry proofs and French verb conjugation. Find more ways to make the season a snap on the Schlage blog with our tips for creating a family command center and taking the perfect back-to-school photos.

     

    Schlage Make the Grade Giveaway

    Make the Grade with Schlage smart locks

    Enter for a chance to win the Schlage smart lock of your choice on Instagram. From Aug. 5 to Aug. 25, we are giving away a total of three smart lock bundles. Each week, one lucky winner will have the chance to select the smart lock solution of their choice and a gift card. For full details on how to enter, review our Terms & Conditions then find us on Instagram and Make the Grade.

     

    A smart home starter kit for summer.

    July 10, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Smart home starter kit | Schlage

    Three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest and greatest in smart home automation. Summer is prime time to start investing in your own setup.

     

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    Smart speaker next to Schlage smart lock.

    Three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest and greatest in smart home automation. Summer is prime time to start investing in your own setup. When you go on vacation, intruders are working overtime to take advantage of empty homes, with burglaries and home invasions 10% higher during summer than in other times of the year.

     

    That’s why manufacturers are developing a variety of technologies specifically designed to improve security. At the same time, they’re working together to create compatible products that deliver both convenience and savings. Here are some smart home ideas to get you started:

    Secure more than a good deal

    Taking advantage of tech starter bundles like a smart lock with a camera gives you the best of the tech that’s available. Get wireless access, remote monitoring and device control plus the ultimate in convenience and savings.

    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Amazon Cloud Cam
    Schlage Encode ™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt bundled with Amazon Cloud Cam and Key by Amazon: Lock and unlock your door from anywhere, grant access to people you trust and easily monitor and control your Schlage smart lock using the Key by Amazon app.
    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Doorbell.
    Ring Video Doorbell 2 bundled with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt: Use the Key by Amazon app to monitor who is at the door from anywhere. Control your smart lock from your phone and see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet or PC.
    Couple installing smart lock on door.
    These smart home products also work with voice assistants and smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. These products can be easily set up and installed, making for a Saturday afternoon DIY project that will continue to pay dividends all summer and for years to come.
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    Install smart lighting

    Nearly two-thirds of homeowners consider lighting when they’re thinking about smart home technology. Smart bulbs that can be remotely controlled and networked on timers and dimmers are convenient and energy efficient. Major manufacturers like Samsung and Phillips are lighting the way in home automation.

    Mom and children looking at tablet.

    Install a smart thermostat

    Look to companies like Ecobee, Nest, Honeywell and Bosch to put the “control” in climate control. Whether you’re automating your heating and AC, setting up individual climate zones within your home or looking to control and monitor your home temperature while you’re away, this is the ideal option for comfort and energy savings.

    Woman checking smartphone.

    Install smart locks

    We’ve already explored the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, but Schlage offers a wide selection of smart locks to meet a variety of needs. Go keyless with secure customizable keycodes. Monitor and manage who’s coming and going. And enjoy the safety, simplicity and style that Schlage offers.

    Amazon Key delivery personnel placing package inside door.

    Install smart doorbells and cameras

    Who’s at the door? Are the kids home from school? Are you expecting a delivery? No matter where you are, video doorbells and remotely monitored security cameras can help you stay in the loop with what’s happening inside and outside of your home. Products from Ring, Nest and Amazon are revolutionizing home access. And peace of mind.

    SimpliSafe security sign in front of home.

    Install smart security

    It’s important to remember that home security starts at the front door with a smart lock. Combining it with a monitored home security system can take protection to the next level. You can go with complete legacy systems like ADT or try network kits from companies like SimpliSafe or Abode. It all comes down to cost, convenience and compatibility. Learn more about which security systems are compatible with Schlage smart locks with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Smart TV remote.

    Install whole-home-automation

    About half of those with smart homes also use their network to control smart TVs, speaker systems and other smart products such as appliances and window shades. Products from Wink, Samsung, Google and Apple provide a number of networking options with a variety of smart home device offerings.

    Smart home security starts at the front door quote.

    The popularity of smart tech is only expected to grow as innovation fuels more and even better products. When you consider the convenience, safety, security - and fun - connected technologies can bring you, it’s easy to see why you’d want to build a smart home system. With so many compatible products specifically designed to help you take advantage of prime time summer savings, now is the perfect opportunity to start investing in your smart home.

     

    Say “hello” to better vacation rental business.

    July 5, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 5, 2019

    Vacation rental check in tips | Schlage

    Guests who feel welcome tend to become repeat rental customers, something that you, as a property manager, need to succeed on Airbnb and VRBO.

     

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    Guests who feel welcome tend to become repeat rental customers, something that you, as a property manager, need to succeed on Airbnb and VRBO. And how do you provide an experience that converts customers and earns positive reviews? Show that you go the extra mile for your guests’ comfort: Pay attention to the details and make their stay simple and convenient.
    Handing over keys to vacation rental.

    Your “hello” matters

    Welcoming your guests properly starts before they even set foot on your property. When you’re in communication with them before their visit, don’t rely on automated emails. A personalized touch, not to mention replying to questions quickly, makes a statement about how much you respect their business and how you’ll handle problems that may come up.

     

    Hostfully also recommends getting to know your guests before their arrival. Find out why they’re staying with you – a girls’ wine tour, a family reunion, an anniversary getaway – and what they’re interested in. Then give a local gift or a welcome basket based on that insight. Maybe treat them to a local bottle of vino or a bouquet of roses to set the romantic mood. Even if you don’t provide a customized gift, still consider fresh flowers or a thoughtful gift from the region to make them feel like family.

     

    At Schlage, we love a beautiful entryway you can’t take your eyes off, but Hostfully makes a good point about not having conversations in the doorway. If you’re on site when your guests arrive, let them into the house and give them a chance to set down their bags. Offer them some water and let them catch their breath. Only then do you want to begin your welcome speech with all the essential information about staying with you.

     

    As part of the full welcome package, include an information book, either emailed ahead of time or provided on the property. Anticipate their needs with instructions on how to adjust the thermostat and connect to the WiFi, and offer expert suggestions on the best dining and local tourist highlights. If you’ve installed a Schlage smart lock, include our tip sheets in case they have questions about how to use it.

     

    You should also include policies about how to treat the property (it helps protect your investment) and a list of emergency contact information. Include your own phone number and email as well as details for local police, fire departments and hospitals.

    A welcoming – and secure – statement

    If you can’t be there when your guests arrive, either because you have other commitments or the vacation home is in another state, you can still welcome customers so they don’t feel like an afterthought. One way is by installing a smart lock. With all the advantages of keyless convenience, these locks remove many of the hassles of checking in and allow visitors to come and go as they please. That simplicity is the welcoming statement that separates you from the competition.

     

    Access codes are the … *ahem* key … to providing ease and convenience to your guests. When you send visitors their unique code before they arrive, they’ll have access to the home without your needing to arrange a key exchange. Providing the code in advance doesn’t mean they’ll have immediate access – unless you want them to. If check-in time isn’t until noon because of cleaning, for instance, you can schedule those codes to be activated only when you know the house will be ready.

     

    Not being tied to the property to provide a key at a specific time can actually boost your business, particularly with certain kinds of guests. VRBO names flexible check-in times as one way to attract weekenders. They’re only staying for a short time, so don’t delay their fun by making them wait on the porch.

     

    Because you can create multiple access codes, you can save some specifically for guests, have a different code for your house cleaner and another one entirely for trusted maintenance teams. You can also view a history log through the Schlage Home app to see when codes have been used, so you can be confident that your handyman arrived to fix the toilet or that guests checked out as expected.

     

    When guests are done staying with you, you don’t want them to have access to the rental property anymore. You can schedule access codes to expire at the end of their visit so they can’t return unannounced. And because you never provided a key, you know they didn’t make a copy before they left.

     

    Try our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which Schlage smart lock is right for your vacation home. Check out the features of the Schlage Home app as well – compatible with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt – and see how creating and managing access codes, checking your locks’ status and more from your smartphone can make your job easier and your property more secure.

     

    Looking for more ways to boost your vacation rental business with a welcoming statement? Check out this Schlage blog for simple ways to improve your property’s curb appeal.

     

    Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation

    June 20, 2019 10:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Home Security Steps You Should Take Before Leaving for Vacation

    Don't let your home be vulnerable to intruders while you're away on summer vacation this year. Take these 5 home security steps before you leave.

     

     

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    ‘Tis the season for family vacations and getting away from the daily grind. If you're planning a summer vacation this year, take one more worry off your list by ensuring your home is as secure as possible. Most homes are targeted by a simple selection process. A burglar chooses a house with easy access, excellent cover and good escape routes, but they will usually bypass one that requires too much effort or poses too much risk. Here are five home security steps you should take before enjoying your relaxing retreat away from home.
    Dog sitting on suitcases before family leaves for vacation.
     

    1. Proper lighting

    A well-lit home is one of the best defenses against intruders. With recent advances in smart home technology, you can install a lighting system that turns on and off in intervals so your home is never left looking unoccupied. For a more affordable option, consider installing motion sensor lighting near your home's entry points. If you have a family member or friend taking care of pets or plants, ask them to turn random lights on and off throughout the home to get the same effect the smart lighting would give.

     

    Bonus tip: Leave blinds and curtains partially open so people can actually see lights turning on and off, but keep valuables out of the direct line of sight from prying eyes.

    2. Smart locks

    Keyless electronic locks not only make your day-to-day more convenient but offer peace of mind when you're away. If you choose a smart lock, like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can check in remotely and make sure your doors are locked at all times. You can even manage unique user codes if someone needs access to your home while you're away.

     

    Bonus tip: Choose a smart lock with a built-in alarm that can notify you of a disturbance at the door, especially if you don’t already have a security system.

    3. Cameras

    If being able to check in and see what is happening at your home is important to you, consider installing a few WiFi-enabled security cameras. With remote capabilities, you can view what is happening at your home no matter where you are in the world.

     

    Bonus tip: The Schlage Encode lock now works with Ring Video Doorbell, so you can see who is at your door via the camera and unlock it remotely for trusted friends, family or service providers.

    4. Garage security

    Don't forget to secure your garage before you go. With a smart garage door opener and keyless technology on entry doors, you can be confident that the garage is not a weak spot for your home.

     

    Bonus tip: If you have someone stopping by to housesit or water the plants while you’re gone, ask them to park in the driveway instead of the garage to make it more obvious someone’s around.

    5. Look active

    Just like we mentioned with the lights and your home, giving the impression that the home is occupied is the best defense. Try some or all of these ideas for confusing thieves while you’re gone:
     

    • Create a “vacation” scene with your smart home hub. You could include locking the door, turning lights on and off, playing music occasionally and adjusting the thermostat. Not only does it make others think you’re still there, but it can help conserve energy and money as well.

    • Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return or have a friend or family members pick it up for you. A pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch is a giveaway that the house is vacant.

    • Arrange for someone – a friend or lawncare service – to maintain the landscaping and cut the grass if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time.

    • Ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in front of your home on garbage night.

    What steps do you like to take to secure your home before leaving for vacation? Comment on Facebook or Twitter to let us know!
     

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    June 18, 2019 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic and smart locks.

     

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    For those of us in the door hardware industry, smart locks are a no-brainer. They’ve quickly become indispensable in offices, hospitals, hotels, and many other professional locations, but many consumers are still learning about the possibilities that smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear frequently. Let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage smart locks.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on front door.

    Residential security grading

    The first thing you should know is that a group of industry experts called the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (BHMA) set national standards regarding the security level, durability and finish quality of door hardware products. This helps locksmiths, building managers and other professionals ensure that they are using the right hardware in the right places, especially when they have to adhere to local building code requirements.

     

    To help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, the BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. This includes three categories - Security, Durability and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing hardware to ensure it meets either a C (good), B (better) or A (best) grade in each category. Most Schlage products receive a AAA, which means they have received the best possible grades in Security, Durability and Finish.

    Smart lock security - Residential Door Hardware Grades - Schlage

    So what does all that really mean? It means that all of our products, whether mechanical or electronic, run through all kinds of heavy-duty, intense testing procedures – including hitting it with a sledgehammer really hard. So regardless of what kind of lock you buy, you know you’ll be getting a product that has been tested against the rigorous demands of daily usage. Our Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Alarm, and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever have all received a grade A in security, the best possible grade to keep your home, and everything inside it, safe.

    What about hackers?

    We’ve all heard about the neighbor’s garage door code getting hacked. The good news is that these days that story is a bit of an urban legend. Some garage door codes were compromised back when the technology was new, but major strides have been made in electronic security since then, making these types of hacks much more difficult to pull off. Basically, if you’re comfortable ordering items from Amazon, you can trust that the connection between your Schlage smart lock and your smartphone is just as secure.

     

    Besides, blunt-force attacks at your home’s entry points are much more effective than sophisticated electronic methods. The rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well, however, making smart locks that integrate with home security systems an increasingly effective solution. Together, they add a layer of electronic security to your home, that allows you to keep better track of who’s coming and going, and when.

     

    Locks that add extra security without requiring a smart home or security system are also on the rise. The Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense locks are great examples. With multiple options to connect your lock to the cloud, you can receive real-time notifications and view a history of who used the lock and when. There’s also a built-in alarm that sounds when a disturbance is detected at the door or if the wrong code is entered repeatedly.

    Spare keys are a safety faux pas

    There’s an added security element to simply doing away with spare keys and using access codes instead. Codes are easier to control. If a code becomes compromised, simply delete it. There’s no need to rekey or buy new locks because a key has been lost. A lock without a cylinder, like the completely keyless Schlage Touch lock, also eliminates the possibility of picking or bumping because there’s no keyhole for intruders to manipulate.

     

    As you can see, electronic locks are a smart choice for any home. They can save time, add convenience, and make it safer and easier to share access by eliminating spare keys. Paired with the easy installation and exceptional customer service that Schlage is known for, adding one of our electronic deadbolts or smart locks to your home is an easy step toward a safer, simpler home.

     

    If you’re not sure which Schlage smart lock is right for you, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    Simplify home sharing with Schlage smart locks.

    June 11, 2019 6:30 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Simplify home sharing with Schlage electronic locks | Schlage

    When you manage a vacation rental property, you want the experience to be simple for you and enjoyable for your guests. Smart locks and electronic deadbolts can help achieve that.

     

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    When you manage a vacation rental property, you want the experience to be simple for you and enjoyable for your guests. Smart locks and electronic deadbolts can help achieve that. They are easy to install and use, provide peace of mind thanks to their superior security and offer keyless convenience so it’s easy to grant access to guests without worrying about lost keys. Some locks can be controlled remotely, giving you access from anywhere, even when you aren’t in the same state as your rental property.
    Man at front door with electronic lock.

    Be prepared

    Part of giving your guests a superior experience is making sure everything, including the door lock, is ready before their arrival.

     

    • Make sure your door is properly aligned so that the deadbolt continues to operate smoothly. As the seasons and humidity change, the wood around your door can expand, contract or warp. When this happens, you might find that your deadbolt will rub or stick in the door jamb. Make regular checks on the door’s structure and impact on your lock.

    • When you create an access code for your guest, make it something they won’t forget. We recommend the last four digits of their phone number.

    • If you don’t want guests forgetting to lock up behind themselves, program the auto-lock feature on your Schlage smart lock. You can set the delay for as short as 15 seconds or as long as four minutes.

    • When you create an access code, you can also schedule that code to be deleted at a specific day and time. If your guests are supposed to check out on Tuesday morning, you won’t have to remember to change or remove the code. Simply set the expiration for noon on Tuesday and prepare for your next visitors.

    • In the event that your guest will need to change the smart lock’s batteries during their stay, we recommend having spare batteries easily accessible on the property. Replacing batteries is simple, especially with spares on hand and our tip sheets below.

    • If you’d like to have a traditional key available to guests in an emergency, like if the battery dies while they’re away and you’re not on site, you can store it in a lockbox in another location. Should they need access to the key, you can then provide them with a code to the lockbox with minimal inconvenience.

     

    If you’re still unsure about whether smart locks are right for your Airbnb, Vrbo or other vacation rental, check out this article on why smart locks are a smart business decision.

    Welcome guests

    But if you’re already onboard and are looking to make it even easier for you and your guests to enjoy all the benefits of a Schlage smart lock, here are some helpful tip sheets. They’ll walk your guests through how best to use the lock during their stay, what to do in certain scenarios such as a battery warning and the meanings of the icons and lights on the touchscreens.

     

    Feel free to download and provide these tips to your guests, either by posting them in the rental or including them in a welcome packet or other pre-visit communication. They’ll know you went the extra step to make their stay that much more secure and convenient.
     

     

    Smart locks and electronic deadbolts provide security and convenience for homeowners and home hosts alike. Look to Schlage to provide peace of mind that can only come from a brand with nearly 100 years of experience and trust.

     

    From gadgets to brews, Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad.

    June 7, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    Father's Day gift ideas | Schlage

    Dad is a special man in your life. He deserves something unique.

     

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    Dad is a special man in your life. He deserves something unique. No matter what he’s into, this Father’s Day gift guide can help you find the perfect way to show how much you care.
    Man at front door with smart lock.

    Handy dad

    • Digital or laser measuring tool: If a handy dad has taught you anything, it’s “Measure twice, cut once.” Make that even easier with pocket-sized laser technology. Simple and convenient will always make Dad smile.

    • Pocketknife or multi-tool: It’s not always clear why he needs a pocketknife on hand at all times. Maybe it’s his Boy Scout days – be prepared! But if it makes him happy, why not? A good multi-tool like a Leatherman, especially if it includes a knife, is another can’t-miss.

    • Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set: Because he’s your superhero.

    Tech dad

    • Smart locks: Our previous suggestions still hold true, but we’d also add the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt to that list. Dad will know the house and his family are secure with any of these options, and the Schlage Encode lock provides additional convenience with it’s built-in WiFi, no hubs or accessories needed. Be sure to check out the other smart home technology it’s compatible with and help Dad build the connected home of his dreams.

    • Hotspot/Power bank: This gem of a gadget can help Dad stay connected from almost anywhere. It’s great for traveling or the backyard where he might want a stronger WiFi signal to play music during an outdoor party or while getting some work done on the deck.

    • Wireless lantern with speaker: If Dad likes to entertain but doesn’t want to be tied down, check out this rechargeable party lantern. It even has a remote, and what Dad doesn’t love one of those?

    Beer-loving dad

    • Beer garden: Put your own gardening and DIY skills to the test and make him a beer garden. HGTV shows you how to use bottles to create a trellis for hops to climb in this perfect-for-dad container garden.

    • Home brewing gear: If you’ve inspired him with the beer garden, gift Dad the equipment to make his own brew at home. The Strategist has options for beginners and more experienced masters.

    Grilling dad

    • BBQ multi-tool: Bob Vila introduced us to this multi-function grilling accessory. Is it tongs? Is it a spatula? Is it a bottle opener, knife, grill scraper and fork? Yes, yes and yes. Is it also cool? You bet.

    • Utility cart grilling station: Some elbow grease and your love can turn a tool cart into the perfect work surface for the patio. Check out HGTV’s tips for building the perfect grilling station. We think it would also make a pretty terrific bar cart, if that’s more up Dad’s alley.

    • Grilling light: Whether it’s a late-night BBQ or the equally awesome pre-dawn start-roasting-the-whole-hog extravaganza, Dad needs to see what he’s doing. Delish shows us the Magnetic Barbecue Grill Light and we’re disappointed we didn’t think of this sooner ourselves.

    Outdoorsy dad

    • Solar-powered charging bank: When Dad hits the trails, make sure he can still stay powered up. Just because he’s enjoying nature doesn’t mean he has to go totally prehistoric.

    • Fire starter: A windproof way to light a fire on the trail? Dad will be saying, “Yes, please” and “Thank you” with this suggestion from Fresh Off the Grid, which also features a flashlight.

    • Cast iron skillet: Business Insider hit the nail on the head – cast iron cookers are ideal for car camping because of their weight – but what dad wouldn’t want to feel like a cowboy, cooking vittles over the open fire? Plus, when he uses it at home, you might be on the receiving end of a delicious grilled pizza.

    Gardening dad

    • Hose timer: You can get Dad a nice no-kink hose for hassle-free convenience, or go a step further and add economic- and environmentally friendly on top of that with a hose timer. He can schedule when the yard gets watered, saving him time and money so he can spend more with you.

    • Soil test kit: If he takes a scientific approach to his gardening, Dad definitely needs this at-home kit that tells him exactly what nutrients his plants need. Make him the green guru of the neighborhood and take your curb appeal to the next level.

    Share the love. Visit us on Twitter or Facebook and tell us some of your top Father’s Day gift ideas that you’ve given or received.

     

    Schlage Home app offers handheld convenience for multiple smart locks.

    May 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Man viewing the Schlage Home app on his iPhone at the office.

    Unlike mechanical locks where you might need to carry a different set of keys for every door, managing a smart lock doesn’t get more difficult just because you have more than one.

     

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    As smart locks offer more and improved features, they’re becoming increasingly popular options for securing homes of all kinds. And unlike mechanical locks where you might need to carry a different set of keys for every door, managing a smart lock doesn’t get more difficult just because you have more than one. How is this possible? With the Schlage Home app.
    Man viewing the Schlage Home app on his iPhone at the office.

    Why would I have multiple smart locks?

    Schlage smart locks are intelligent solutions for all types of entryways. If you already own one smart lock, you know about the keyless convenience and peace of mind it provides. But whether you’re looking to add more smart security or are just now considering taking the plunge into electronic locks, imagine the combination of possibilities.

     

    • Multiple locks on the same home, like both the front and back doors, or the front door and garage entry

    • Your parents’ house, perfect for when you’re caring for older family members aging in place

    • A rental property, whether it’s nearby or in another state

    • A private entrance for house-sharing guests at your own home

    What can the Schlage Home app control?

    The Schlage Home app works with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. Whether you have one of each, two Schlage Encode locks or a pair of Schlage Sense locks in different locations, you can use a single Schlage Home app to set up and control them all.

    How do I keep my smart locks organized?

    Using the Schlage Home app, you assign a unique name to each lock during setup. For example, you might choose “Home Front Door,” or “Guest Entrance” if you have a dedicated entryway specifically for home-share guests. It might be “Mom’s Front Door” if you have access to your parents’ home or “Beach House” for your vacation rental.

     

    Whatever names you choose, we recommend keeping them as easy-to-remember as possible, particularly if you’re managing multiple locks. You don’t want a confusing name to cause you to accidentally change a setting on the wrong deadbolt.

    How do I create or change my smart locks’ names?

    You will be asked to choose and enter the name of your lock during the deadbolt’s setup process with the Schlage Home app. To change it later, choose the lock you would like to update from your Schlage Home app’s main screen. Go to Settings, found by tapping the gear icon in the lower left corner. From the list, select Name, then type in the new identifying title for your deadbolt and select Done.

     

    There’s so much more you can do with your Schlage Home app, regardless of whether you have one, two or even three locks. Lock or unlock your door from anywhere, create and manage multiple access codes, customize push notifications for when an access code is used or when a disturbance is detected at the door, and change auto-lock timing or other settings. All of this is done simply and conveniently from the palm of your hand.

    How do I access my smart locks from anywhere?

    Because the Schlage Encode lock features built-in WiFi, you can access your lock from anywhere using the Schlage Home app with no need to purchase an additional accessory.

     

    In order to communicate with the Schlage Sense lock, you’ll need either the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter or, for Apple HomeKit users, an Apple TV/iPad. Use these tips to choose the accessory that’s right for you and control your Schlage Sense deadbolt remotely and conveniently.

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Home app or use our interactive tool to get help deciding which smart lock is right for you and all the homes where you want the safety, style and simplicity of Schlage.

     

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